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Tracheal tubes recalled due to dangerous defect

Teleflex Medical is recalling some of its tracheal tubes because of a defect that may cause the tube to kink, which can deprive patients from receiving adequate oxygen or completely cut off the oxygen supply, which can lead to serious injuries including death. Tracheal tubes are devices inserted into a patient’s windpipe, or trachea, through the nose or mouth and used to maintain an open airway. The recall involves the Teleflex Medical, ISIS HVT Tracheal Tube Cuffed with Subglottic Secretion Suction Port. The products were manufactured from December 2009 through November 2013 and distributed from March 2010 through December 2013. ... Read More

Is your deck safe from collapse? 10 things to check

In December 2013, 24 members of the Wilt family gathered on the deck of their neighborhood clubhouse in New Albany, Ind., for a group photo. Smiles turned to screams in an instant when the deck collapsed, dropping them more than one story to the ground below. Thankfully, none of the family members were killed, although many sustained serious injuries, received emergency treatment on the scene and were hospitalized. Two of the injured are still not walking nearly three months after the accident. As a result of the experience, family member Jeremy Wilt, who was not on the deck at the ... Read More

Alarming number of children injured by falling out of high chairs

A surprising number of young children and infants are falling out of high chairs and thousands of cases each year result in emergency room visits, according to a new safety study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. For the study, researchers analyzed data from the U.S. National Electronic Injury Surveillance System involving high chair, booster seat, and normal chair-related injuries that occurred between 2003 and 2010 among children ages 3 and younger. They found, on average, about 9,500 young children and infants are sent to emergency rooms with high chair-related injuries ... Read More

Injuries caused by concussions linger long after patient feels recovered

Damage to the brain caused by a concussion can last months after the initial injury and long after patients report feeling like they have recovered, according to a study from the University of New Mexico. Researchers say the results suggest athletes may be returning to games too quickly after head blows and could be at risk for more serious injury. Concussions occur when an external blast, jolt or impact occurs to the head. Even if the skull isn’t fractured, the brain can still be violently rattled, causing injury such as bleeding, swelling, or neuron damage. The study, published in the ... Read More

Public access defibrillator recalled due to power/battery defect

Another public access cardiac defibrillator model is being recalled by the manufacturer due to a defect that could delay or prevent treatment to a patient during a cardiac event. The recall comes six months after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed more oversight for makers of emergency external defibrillators due to dozens of recalls of the devices and about 45,000 reports of device failures in the past seven years. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are life-saving devices that send a jolt of electric current to the heart of individuals who are unconscious and suffering from cardiac arrest. The jolt is ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh victim lives in constant and extreme pain

“The pain is so bad that I sometimes go to sleep crying,” Rose Lucero told CBS4 News. “The pain is so bad that I stay up until 5 a.m. trying to let the pain just go away.” In 2008, Rose was implanted with a transvaginal mesh device to treat urinary incontinence. Three years later the pain came. It started in her back and grew progressively worse. Then it spread down her legs and into her feet, making simple chores practically impossible. “I have no life. I can’t do anything without being in pain,” she said. Rose is one of thousands ... Read More

Personal injury lawsuits mount against maker of Mirena IUD

More than 70,000 complaints have been filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2000 regarding the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD), a Scripps investigation reveals. Many of the reports involve serious complications including device dislocation and perforations. Some complications required hospitalizations and/or surgical procedures. The Mirena IUD, made by Bayer Healthcare, is a flexible, T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix. It releases a steady dose of the hormone levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. It is also used to treat heavy menstrual cycles in women who use IUDs for contraception. It is one of two IUDs approved in the United ... Read More

Serious injuries associated with Mirena IUD

Women who are using the intrauterine device Mirena should be aware that the IUD could spontaneously migrate after it is inserted, and may cause serious injury, The Safety Report warns. The Mirena IUD is a birth control device that is also used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. It is a small, T-shaped device made of flexible plastic that is inserted into the uterine cavity by a trained health care provider. The IUD releases the hormone levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. Since the Mirena IUD was approved in 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous reports of adverse events ... Read More

Supreme Court: patients cannot sue generic drug makers for inappropriate warning labels

Makers of generic drugs cannot be sued by patients who experience side effects if the warning label on the drugs is the same as those on the brand-name product, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled. The ruling preempts state laws that require pharmaceutical companies to provide patients with updated information regarding adverse events. The federal law could be detrimental to consumers, preventing them from suing generic drug companies regardless of the severity of their injuries. However, consumers of brand-name drugs can still file suit against the brand-name drug makers. The catch is that most insurance companies require patients to use a ... Read More

Endo pays $54.5 million to settle transvaginal mesh lawsuits

Endo Pharmaceuticals, a unit of American Medical Systems Inc. (AMS), has agreed to pay $54.5 million to settle some of the thousands of lawsuits alleging the company’s transvaginal mesh device caused serious injury. AMS estimated its liability from current and future transvaginal mesh lawsuits to be at least $160 million. It did not say how many of the lawsuits would be resolved by the settlement, and the company refused to admit liability or fault. Several companies that manufacture transvaginal mesh are facing lawsuits in state and federal courts alleging the devices caused serious injuries or death. Transvaginal mesh is a ... Read More